Children attending the Ecole D’espoir (School of Hope) in Port Au Prince Haiti, built by the Vermont Haiti Project.

Vermont Haiti Project Benefit Concert

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Thursday November 14, 2013

Donna Thomas, of South Burlington, began volunteering with the local non-profit organization Vermont Haiti Project(VHP) in March 2006 when she participated in a volunteer group trip to Haiti. She was completely drawn into their mission and currently serves as the Board Chair for this volunteer run organization which has served a rural Haitian mountain region north of Port-au-Prince for many years. VHP has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer organization whose +-activities are constantly evolving and expanding in line with the needs of their partner Haitian communities.  

This fall VHP has been fortunate to have been selected as the beneficiary of one of the concerts being presented during the Brick Church Music Series. As a South Burlington Rotarian, Donna has also enlisted the aid of her fellow Rotarians to help sell tickets and volunteer at the concert. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Vermont Haiti Project, which is an international project of the South Burlington Rotary Club. 

Over the years, the club has supported the VHP in many ways.  Most recently, in 2013, the SB Rotary supported school and community programs in the Ecole Foyer D’Espoir as well as a clean water project in Port Au Prince.

The concert will be held at the Old Brick Church in Williston, Friday evening, November 15 at 7 p.m. The Brick Church Music Series, in its sixth year, focuses on bringing great art and music to the historic venue while working with non-profit organizations to help raise funds for their worthwhile missions. 

Headlining the evening will be singer and songwriter native Carol Ann Jones and her quartet. Carol Ann’s music is a mix of rock, country, pop, jazz and blues.  Her songs are life stories, full of hope and sure to pull at your heartstrings.

Sadie Bolger, a youthful, local and very talented musician, will open the evening and Fiona Cooper Fenwick of Hinesburg is the evening’s featured artist.   Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are available in advance at the Williston town office or at the door on the night of the concert.

If you are interested in learning more about the Vermont Haiti Project, visit: